Fatigued Murray withdraws from Citi Open, Rogers Cup

An emotional Andy Murray of Britain steps off court after defeating Marius Copil of Romania

An emotional Andy Murray of Britain steps off court after defeating Marius Copil of Romania

Teary-eyed Murray threatens to pull out of Washington Open semis after being forced to play marathon quarter-final till 3 am the same morningA tearful Andy Murrayadvanced to the ATP Washington Open quarter-finals in a three-hour marathon ending at 3:00 am Friday, then ripped organizers for putting him in such a situation.

He has also withdrawn from next week's Rogers Cup in order to recover, Xinhua news agency reported.

The British star said he was unlikely to finish post-match conditioning and get to sleep before 5:30am, ahead of a scheduled quarter-final against 19-year-old Australian Alex De Minaur.

After Murray's announcement, O'Brien said she expected Murray would return next year.

Zverev, who has won 40 matches and lost just 11 in 2018, did not face a single break point against Tsitsipas in the semi-final and dropped only a solitary point on his first serve in the opening set.

"I'd like to thank the tournament for a wildcard, I always love playing in Canada and look forward to returning next year", Murray, a three-time Grand Slam victor, said. "It's not good. And it's basically like playing two matches in a day".

"I also need to be careful and to listen to my body as I come back from a long- term injury".

The three-time major champion, coming back from hip surgery, finished his most recent match at 3 a.m. Friday and chose to withdraw rather than play again so soon afterward.

Earlier he had criticised the scheduling of matches. But it's a very hard position to be in when you're coming back from such a long lay-off. It's not good for the players, not good, I don't think, for anyone involved in the event.

Zverev came from behind to beat Nishikori 3-6 6-1 6-4 to eliminate him for the second consecutive time from the tournament.

"I do understand 3 a.m.is very hard for everyone", O'Brien said. "I'm not sure how well I'll recover from that".

He will instead play next at the Masters event in Cincinnati, which begins a week on Monday, as he continues his build up to what is expected to be his first grand slam tournament since last year's Wimbledon at the US Open later this month.

Murray admitted after beating Copil, added to wins over Edmund and Mackenzie McDonald, that the punishing Citi Open schedule has taken its toll having played a trio of three-set matches in just four days with each one lasting over two-and-a-half hours.

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